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Your Mental Health During COVID-19: When Should You Seek Help?
By Linda Moro,
10:33AM / Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Unusual stress or depression. Anxiety about leaving the house or getting sick. Increased use of alcohol or drugs while isolated at home. Obsessive-compulsive behaviors getting worse. Difficulty creating daily structure for self or family. Trouble concentrating, anger, tearfulness. Suicidal thoughts. 

For many, mental health during COVID-19 can be hard to maintain. Especially if you are hard hit economically by the punch of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be experiencing financial and emotional struggles you never before have encountered. Or, mental health issues you have been managing well may be harder to handle. If you have children at home and must leave home for your job, your


State's Sales Tax-Free Holiday Set for Aug. 29-30
10:24AM / Tuesday, June 23, 2020
BOSTON — The annual sales tax-free weekend will still be held this year despite the anticipated drop in state tax revenue because of the novel coronavirus.   The Baker-Polito administration said the tax-free weekend will take place Aug. 29-30. This marks the second sales tax holiday held under the new law signed by Gov. Charlie Baker in 2018 that made the weekend an annual occurrence.   "The annual sales tax holiday is an opportunity for us to support small businesses and consumers, and this year, it's a great way to support our economy that's been impacted by COVID-19," said Baker in a statement. "This pandemic has created enormous challenges for the

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Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

by bananas2 10:53AM / Sunday, April 01, 2012
Instead of bickering about parking get a industry in North Adams with higher paying jobs than all the service jobs we have now. Is anyone on the commitee out there looking for any industries to come
Super Bowl Pancake Breakfast
by TunnelVision 10:44PM / Monday, January 30, 2012

Ensure You Are Properly Insured
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:10AM / Tuesday, June 23, 2020

There's certainly been plenty of volatility and uncertainty the past few months, but one aspect of your financial picture has probably remained stable: your need for insurance. And since National Insurance Awareness Day is observed on June 28, now is a good time to review your overall insurance coverage to determine if you and your loved ones are well-protected.

You might be surprised at the lack of protection among your fellow citizens. Less than 60 percent of Americans have life insurance, and just about half of those with insurance are underinsured, according to LIMRA, a research organization. 

Of course, you might think the reason so many people don't have insurance is


BCC Hires New Staff in Human Resources, Enrollment Services
09:04AM / Tuesday, June 23, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has brought on a new staff personnel in human resources and in the Enrollment Services department.

T.J. Karis has joined the Enrollment Services team as an admissions counselor. Karis recently graduated with honors from MCLA, majoring in philosophy and English literature plus a strong minor in Spanish. He also earned an associate degree in liberal arts and sciences with a concentration in world languages from Middlesex Community College. 

Most recently, he worked in Access Services at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, Vt. A lover of languages and linguistics, he is fluent in Spanish, proficient in Italian and


North Adams Will Take 2021 Budget Month by Month
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:00AM / Tuesday, June 23, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city is moving to a 1/12th budget for at least the first two months of fiscal 2021 based on new information from the state Department of Revenue.    Mayor Thomas Bernard had initially presented a "placeholder" budget that is basically level funded to this year's rather than attempting a month-by-month spending plan. That budget was expected to be reduced once the state came forward with municipal and school aid figures.    "Last week, when we were talking about it, I was still resisting, and then today, a bulletin came out from the Division of Local Services that indicated that the state has has come to an agreement that


SJC Rules Dangerous Defendants Can Be Held During Trial Delays
11:35PM / Monday, June 22, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Supreme Judicial Court ruled on Monday that a trial court judge may extend pretrial holds on some defendants to protect the community and victims because of a delay in jury trials.   Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington's office previously argued for the court to create such a balancing test that emphasizes case-specific circumstances, local conditions, and progression toward resuming jury trials to find the balance between a defendant's due process rights and public and victim safety.   The Supreme Judicial Court took up the matter in Commonwealth v. Scott Smith and consolidated it with two other appeals from in the

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SVMC: COVID-19 Update June 22
12:20PM / Monday, June 22, 2020
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Koperniak Joins Big NECBL Class Signing Pro Deals Sports,
08:38AM / Monday, June 22, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Hoosac Valley High School graduate Matt Koperniak was one of 17 New England Collegiate Baseball League alumni to sign free agent contracts with Major League ball clubs after this month's entry draft.   Koperniak, a graduate of Trinity University who played two summers with the 'Cats at Joe Wolfe Field, signed with the St. Louis Cardinals.   The Cards also inked a pair of players from the NECBL's Martha's Vineyard Sharks: Matt Chamberlain, who played at the University of New Haven with Taconic's Izaiya Mestre, and Nick Raposo (Wheaton College).   Koperkniak's former SteepleCats teammate Jackson Coutts was signed as a free agent by


Guerilla Bunny Hides Eggs on Solstice Weekend
11:24AM / Sunday, June 21, 2020

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — For the past 12 years in Stockbridge, Mass., pedestrians out for an early walk on Easter morning have found unusual, hand-painted eggs hidden around town. The delicate works of art, depicting untraditional designs in vivid colors and fine detail, are painted on empty or "blown out" whole eggshells, which are lacquered for strength. Past designs have featured dragons, Earth, Air, Fire, and Water elemental signs, Grecian Urns, Egyptian Papyrus, the Stone Age, the four seasons, plants, and flowers.

The eggs are the work of a single anonymous artist known only as the "Guerilla Bunny." Each individual egg takes two to 10 hours to paint. Once

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Heat Stroke Is No Joke
By Patrick Pickering,
10:38AM / Sunday, June 21, 2020

As states begin to relax stay-at-home COVID-19 restrictions, populations on lockdown are flocking outside -- just in time for summer. As the mercury rises, however, so do reports of heat-related illnesses. Heat can trigger exhaustion and heat stroke, and, like COVID-19, can exacerbate underlying conditions like cardiovascular, respiratory, kidney or mental diseases.

Heat stroke develops quickly and is a life-threatening emergency. The condition occurs when the body is exposed to excessive heat and produces or absorbs more heat than it can release, causing the body's temperature to climb. The condition can affect anyone, but young children and the elderly are most vulnerable.


Greylock Federal Appoints Escobar to New Immigrant-Focused Role
10:27AM / Sunday, June 21, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union has appointed Gloria Escobar to the newly created role of Financial Wellness Latinx Outreach Coach. 

In this new role, Escobar will expand her financial coaching responsibilities, assist members in obtaining ITIN loans and strengthen Greylock's relationships within the growing Latinx community and its commitment to its designation as a Juntos Avanzamos (Together We Advance) credit union.

"Gloria's commitment to her community and to the mission of Greylock is known by all who meet her," said senior vice president/chief lending officer Jodi Rathbun-Briggs. "I couldn’t ask for a better advocate for the


Volunteers Rally to Support Berkshire Food Project in Challenging Times
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:04AM / Saturday, June 20, 2020

The Berkshire Food Project, housed in First Congregational Church, normally feeds nearly 100 people lunch weekdays. The COVID-19 crisis has it preparing meals and food for pickup for twice the numbers three days a week.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — When the Berkshire Food Project recently needed a little help to shore up its volunteer pool, the answer from the community was loud and clear.   "This is the most incredible community to do this kind of work in ever," Executive Director Kim McMann said on Tuesday. "Every day we are astounded by the support we have in this community. It's amazing when people think of us and how much they support

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